Recruiters and Sourcers:
Do your potential candidates reply to your introductory messages? I’d like to share our experience on what works and what doesn’t.
I love LinkedIn for providing us with InMails and messages. We get replies to them 10x more often than with “plain” emailing. (Inmailsand messages are ways to reach others on LinkedIn, that are very similar, with only one difference.)
When I source, quite often I would find a potential candidate elsewhere – on a forum, on a blog, etc. – and message on LinkedIn. (Why not just search on LinkedIn, you ask? That’s a different subject that is quite interesting.)
There are other platforms work well for messaging.
Here are a few tips on writing messages, based on our experience, that create good response rate. The number one, obvious, tip is to only send messages to qualified people.
We use three approaches to messaging, with variations.
In all cases our messages are very brief, they have either no links or just one link to one of our jobs. Messages do contain enough info to reach us months later if the person felt like.
We usually try to check back again in a week or so and often get replies on the second try.
Any other suggestions?